The 4th of July is known by animal shelters across the country as the day when more dogs run away from home than any other day of the year! Dogs can hear at much higher and lower frequencies than humans, making them more susceptible and sensitive to loud noises. As enjoyable as fireworks can be for humans, pets’ sensitive ears must be protected.
For this GrangeKnows article, we’ll provide several tips you can utilize to keep your dog safe this 4th of July.
Proper Identification – Make sure your dog is wearing a secure collar with all current identification information. This is your first line of defense against being permanently separated from your pet. Visit your local Grange Co-op store and ask about PetScribe I.D. tags. They are quickly and easily inscribed with all the information needed to reunite you with your pet. We strongly suggest including both your number AND your veterinarian’s number, in case you cannot be reached.
Leave your dog in an enclosed, cool & safe location – Parades, concerts and outdoor firework displays are not enjoyable spaces for your dog. Even if they generally are comfortable in large crowds, or fine with loud noises, do not assume they will remain calm during the 4th of July festivities.
Leaving your pet at home can often produce unwanted results. It is common for owners—believing their pet will remain safe in its familiar space—to leave them there unattended. While a fenced back yard may seem safe, it’s quite possible your dog will become so frightened, even from neighborhood fireworks, they may be inclined to find a way to escape. Do not assume just because your pet has never run away in the past, this year will be any different.
Products to help keep your pet calm and safe – Grange Co-op recommends a high-quality crate to inhibit a pet from digging its way out of the house or yard. You can purchase wire or plastic crates at all our store locations or online. Our wire crates feature heavy-duty wire your dog will be unable to break, thus avoiding injury. Plastic crates offer a more “cave-like” environment and are often the place a highly-anxious dog will feel safest.
Grange Co-op also carries a variety of over-the-counter remedies that help diminish restless, anxious or unwanted behaviors. Many of our products are all-natural and non-sedating. Liquid drops and calm balm are nontoxic, fast acting and may help reduce apprehension in your pets caused from fear of fireworks and other loud noises. Order online or visit us in-store to find the right anti-anxiety formula for your pet.
Please take these appropriate steps to care for your pet no matter how confident you are they will be safe this 4th of the July. May your holiday be filled with fun and relaxing memories. Take the necessary precautions to ensure you and your pet are ready for the events.